"Ceremony" - Dean Wareham
- Oscar, Oscar, Oscar - Roy has his way with the Zhdanovites of the right concerning the Academy Awards last night, but it's worth noting that the desire for propaganda is hardly the exclusive province of our right wing brethren. Witness this trashing of Argo -- the movie is "reprehensible" -- evidently because it was not a documentary of U.S. perfidy in the 1953 coup that toppled Mohammad Mosaddeq. And this one spreads the hate not only for Argo, but for Lincoln (which focuses far too much on the 16th President at the expense of Black abolitionists) -- not to mention Zero Dark Thirty. I just keep thinking of the tag line to one of the horror films of the 1970s -- "it's only a movie, it's only a movie."
- As for the ceremony itself, I wasn't too impressed. I have a pretty broad and irreverent sense of humor, but Seth McFarlane is only funny if you have an IQ of about 100. He's a smarmy, smug, self-satisfied mediocrity who seems to think boob jokes are cutting edge and daring stuff. Oddly enough, I also think having the orchestra cut people off so quickly takes away some of the interest in the program. I'd cut out a chunk of the awards (sorry sound guys) and loosen things up a bit.
- I assume that the right wing reaction to Michelle Obama's presentation of the Best Picture award is going to be worth at least a two-part series for Roy.
- And now, back to Washington's version of show business. This post on No More Mister Nice Blog pretty much sums up the manner in which our elite media is so horrible and so inadequate to the challenges to truth and sanity posed by today's GOP. Incidentally, for those of you concerned that Ezra Klein might be becoming a "courtier" I thought his absolute dismantling of David Brooks the other day was a reassuring sign to the contrary. What was amazing to me is that I don't think Brooks had any idea that he had just been gutted in public. God, he's a dumbass.